Monday, April 30, 2012

Design Wall Monday and UFO Report - Jack's Chain part 1

I have reached the halfway point on my Jack's Chain quilt, with half of the total blocks pieced (although not all connected into rows).  This is enough to declare victory for the April UFO challenge.  YAY!  I'm also encouraged because I have almost all of the total 9-patch units necessary already pieced.  I only need to do a few more sets.

I will probably keep going, because it's a messy WIP and it would be nice to get it all put together into a finished top, and then I could put away all the little pieces and fabric leftovers.  I have found that no matter how tempting it is to start new projects, I get so much more done if I just work on one thing at a time.  You have to balance it, though, or it becomes just another chore.  I'm still, surprisingly, at the stage where Jack's Chain is fun.  Even with all those picky start-and-stop set-in seams. 

It's going to be a really cute quilt.  When I started it I had never seen another Jack's Chain quilt -- I found the pattern while leafing through Maggie Malone's 1001 Patchwork Designs, and then it's also at Quilter's Cache.  Believe it or not, I saw the interplay of hexagons and 9-patches and thought, "That would be really cute in 1930's fabrics."  As I've since found out, that's what a lot of 1930's quilters thought too!  And I've had a fair number of comments from blog readers who have also made, or know somebody who has made, the pattern.  Thanks to all commenters, you've given me the kick I needed to get this project going again!

Stash report - nothing really to report this week!

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 31.8 yards
Added this week: 0 yards

Added year to date: 27.2 yards
Net used for 2012: 4.6 yards

Yarn used this week: 0 yards

Yarn used year to date: 1956 yards
Yarn added this week: 0 yards
Yarn added year to date: 492 yards (all handspun, not purchased)
Net used for 2012: 1464 yards


Annie said...

Wow! You are moving right along on your Jack's Chain! I can't wait to see it finished.

Miri said...

This is absolutely wonderful! Well done! I've seen alot of 30s quilts but this pattern is new to me. I love it!

JudyCinNC said...

This is definitely a WOW quilt and thanks for letting us see it. Judy C n NC

Vicki H. said...

Really pretty and I can't say that I have seen that pattern before myself! Lovely fabrics.

One Minnesota Quilter said...

I have always liked the Jack's Chain pattern. I quilted one for a customer and that got me a little more enthused about some day making one. Still haven't done it though!

Yours looks fantastic! :) Good for you for hanging in there with one project until completion too!